Singapore: ‘Scientific evidence’ to guide cannabis law

A Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson stressed that Singapore’s drug-control policies are underpinned by evidence and research. (Reuters file photo)

SINGAPORE: Any review of Singapore’s position on cannabis will have to be “based on scientific evidence”, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has reiterated, following media reports that neighbouring country Malaysia is in talks to legalise the drug for medical use.

Responding to TODAY’s queries, an MHA spokesperson stressed that Singapore’s drug-control policies are underpinned by evidence and research.

Webp.net-gifmakerIn this regard, literature review conducted by Institute of Mental Health experts confirms that cannabis is addictive and harmful, especially to the brain, said the spokesperson.

“On the other hand, evidence of cannabis’ long-term safety and efficacy is scarce,” TODAY on Thursday quoted her as saying. “These findings corroborate our position that cannabis should remain an illicit drug. Even if cannabinoid pharmaceuticals have to be used for medical purposes, there are carefully established frameworks in Singapore for their clinical prescription.”

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Source: https://ift.tt/2zK5qIE reposted by Cannabis News World . Original article by Bangkok Post Public Company Limited

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